Jazzing in up

Jazz Society honors founder, looks forward to Asheville band

It’s all about jazz. The East Tennessee Jazz Society meets monthly at Royal Oaks Event Center to celebrate a love of jazz music and be entertained by some of the area’s best musicians.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, members and guests will be treated to a group from Asheville who will offer a glimpse at the history of jazz and talk about “hot club” jazz. One Leg Up plays a mixture of upbeat Gypsy jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz. They were formed in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and are known for their “hot club” abilities.

Their latest CD, “Pere LaChaise,” looks at the French gypsy jazz tradition of the 1930s and 1940s.

Dues to join the East Tennessee Jazz Society is $25 for a single membership and $40 for a family. Members pay $5 to attend the monthly meetings and non-members can come for $10.

At a recent meeting, local favorite Donald Brown entertained on the keyboard with Vance Thompson on trumpet, Taylor Coker on bass and Kenneth Brown on drums. They drew a crowd to the Sunday meeting, which also featured an honor for Bob and Nancy Heintz.

Bob founded the East Tennessee Jazz Society 12 years ago as a way for local musicians to play for an audience. There first meetings were in the basement of Ivory’s in Knoxville. The society honored the Heintz with a trophy and gift certificate to Foothills Milling Co., restaurant. For more information, call 865-982-6834.

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